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Re: Octave Illusion Review

Dear Chris, I would like to get a copy of your paper. Seems pretty
Thanks in advance
Luis Felipe Oliveira
Post-graduation student in Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Mind at São
Paulo State University;
Graduated in Composition at São Paulo State University.
Marília - SP - Brazil
> From: Chris Chambers <c.chambers@PSYCH.UNIMELB.EDU.AU>
> Reply-To: Chris Chambers <c.chambers@PSYCH.UNIMELB.EDU.AU>
> Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 16:33:14 +1000
> Subject: Octave Illusion Review
> Dear List, 
> I would like to announce an in-press article on the octave illusion, which
> will appear in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (see abstract below).
> The article is a critical review of the influential suppression explanation of
> the phenomenon proposed by Deutsch and Roll (1976; JEP:HPP), and includes a
> discussion of the illusion in relation to pitch perception, sound
> localization, ear dominance, cortical electrophysiology, and mathematical
> modelling of the illusion according to pattern-matching theories of pitch
> perception.
> PB&R has a pretty long lag, so I'd be happy to email pre-prints of the article
> upon request, including supplementary methodological information.
> best wishes,
> Chris
> -----------------
> The octave illusion is elicited by a sequence of tones presented to each ear
> that continuously alternate in frequency by one octave, but with high and low
> frequencies always in different ears. The percept for most listeners is a high
> pitch in one ear alternating with a low pitch in the other ear. The
> influential 'suppression model' of the illusion proposed by Deutsch and Roll
> (1976) carries three postulates: first, that listeners perceive only the pitch
> of the tones presented to their dominant ear; second, that this pitch is heard
> in whichever ear received the higher frequency tone; and third, that this
> apparent dissociation between "what" and "where" mechanisms arises from
> sequential interactions between the tones. In the present article, we
> reappraise evidence for the suppression model and demonstrate (a) the
> incompatibility of the theory with existing literature on pitch perception,
> sound localization and ear dominance; and (b) methodological limitations in
> studies that have claimed to provide support for the suppression model. We
> conclude by proposing an alternative theory of the octave illusion that is
> based on established principles of fusion, rather than suppression, between
> ears.
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> Christopher D. Chambers
> Post-doctoral Scientist
> Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
> Department of Psychology
> University of Melbourne
> Victoria 3010 
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